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Cultivating Reform: Planting The Seeds For Healing The Food System

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In late October, the Yale Rudd Center got a visit from Olivier De Schutter, the U.N. Special Rapporteur on the Right To Food. He began his talk, Reforming the Food Systems: Making the Transition Succeed,  by painting a bleak picture. There are three areas in which our food systems are failing us, De Schutter said: ecological limits, social [...]

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The Urban Scientist

When discussing Humanity’s next move to space, the language we use matters.

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Elon Musk’s vision for the humanity and colonizing Mars makes me incredibly uneasy. It’s not that Elon Musk has said very many inappropriate things, it’s that so much of the dialogue about colonizing Mars – inspired, initiated and often influenced by Musk – uses language and frameworks that are a little problematic (and I’m being [...]

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The Urban Scientist

Diversity in Science Writing addressed at 2014 ScienceWriting Conference

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The annual ScienceWriters meeting is a joint meeting of the National Association of Science Writers and the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing.  It is a meeting for science writers, by science writers, with content to appeal to both the newest writers and seasoned professionals. This year I am attending for the first time [...]

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The Urban Scientist

Addressing the science assault problem requires hearing ALL calls for help…& responding

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On Friday, I saw people responding to reading a New York Times Op-Ed piece (published September 18, 2014) about the Sexual Assault Problem in Science.  In late July several major news outlets reported on this problem, too.  Women in the Sciences Report Harassment and Assault (July 24, 2014) is the most ground-breaking and important research [...]

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The Urban Scientist

My Story Collider Story – Working Twice as Hard

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I must extend a very, very big thank you to Ben Lillie and Erin Barker of The Story Collider and giving me a chance to share my personal experiences in and with science. Story Collider is an amazing program and vehicle for sharing science stories. If you get a chance to attend or participate, then [...]

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The Urban Scientist

Charges dropped against #KieraWilmot, now let’s shower her with science love

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#Solidarity4Wilmot prevails. Thank you! Charges dropped against Kiera Wilmot. Yes! And YES!! Anyone else doing backflips? This news, combined with her full expulsion from school (for next year) being over turned makes me very, very happy for her. (Though I’m thinking ahead – would returning to Bartow High School be in her best interest? Others [...]

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The Urban Scientist

Updates on #KieraWilmot, Legal Fund created

Thank you, thank you, thank you for reaching out and speaking up for #KieraWilmot and showing #Solidarity4Wilmot.  I teared up as I read all of the offers of support to assist Kiera and other students all over the country. I was amazed, but not at all surprised. I know this community of educators, teachers, scientists, [...]

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The Urban Scientist

Scientists’ Support for Kiera Wilmot #Solidarity4Wilmot

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Here’s what we now know. Kiera Wilmot was re-creating the Drano Aluminum foil experiment at school. She was outside, before the morning bell. She recreated one of those Wow! Science experiments, the kind we see on Myth Busters or You’ve Been Warned! Folks love those shows. They love doing that crazy stuff at home (although [...]

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The Urban Scientist

Florida teen charged with felony for trying science

News of Kiera Wilmot’s arrest has seriously unnerved me. She is the Florida high school student who was experimenting with common household chemicals in science class that resulted in a minor explosion. There were no injuries and no damage to school property; however, she was taken away in handcuffs, formally arrested and expelled from school. [...]

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The Urban Scientist

In defense of Michael Vick’s right to tell his whole story

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The Mandingo fight scene of Django Unchained really disturbed me.  Two men were fighting for their lives. They were not competing over resources for survival, like food or shelter or access to mates or to protect their young. No, they were fighting for the entertainment of others. (This is not natural, might I add.)  They [...]

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The Urban Scientist

Obesity Coverage in Black Newspapers Mostly Negative, University of Missouri Study Finds

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Why my campaign to promote quality and relevant science news in the Black Press matters: Real outcomes are at stake. Science Literacy is Social Justice! Obesity Coverage in Black Newspapers is Mostly Negative, MU Study Finds Negative health stories could discourage men in the African-American community from taking action Feb. 14, 2013 Story Contact(s): Nathan [...]

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